About the Court Information Program for Immigrants

The Court Information Program for Immigrants (CIPI) is a free service designed to help new immigrants and refugees understand BC’s court system. Clients can be new immigrants or refugees who will be appearing in court as an accused, victim, witness or party in a civil suit.

CIPI’s court workers provide services in English, French, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Punjabi, and Hindi and can provide information and referrals to help you solve your legal problems. Services are provided in person at the Vancouver Main Street Provincial Courthouse or the Surrey Provincial Courthouse, by telephone or by email.

Our Court Workers

  • Provide court orientations, court tours and an introduction to BC’s court system
  • Explain the documents associated with court
  • Help clients understand the legal terms of the justice system
  • Assist clients with the court appearance process and court applications
  • Provide clients with information on criminal, civil, family and youth court structure and procedures
  • Show clients the courtroom and explain the roles of court personnel
  • Provide pamphlets about the court system in various languages
  • Facilitate educational workshops with community groups
  • Educate justice system personnel about language and cultural differences
  • Provide referral services to various community and government services and programs
  • Accompany and assist clients in the legal aid application process

CIPI court workers are not interpreters in court. They do not give legal advice and they do not act as advocates for the client.   


Workshops facilitated by CIPI court workers are available on four topics and can be customized for your group or staff, including ESL classes run by immigrant-serving organizations. Workshop topics include:

  • Overview of Court Processes
  • Introduction to Family Justice Systems
    • Separation & Divorce
    • Family Justice Systems in BC - Self Help
    • Surviving Relationship Violence and Abuse
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice Systems
    • Understanding Court Orders and Hearings
    • Being Charged
    • Breach of Court Orders
  • Overview of Small Claims Court

The length of the workshops can also vary from one hour to an entire day and can be conducted at courthouse locations, community venues or local service agencies.

For more information call 604-760-5727.

Our Staff

Lali Pawa
Public Legal Education Team Lead

Lali has been working within the non-profit sector for over 20 years and has worked extensively in social services, specializing in providing information and support to marginalized members of the community. Lali is very passionate in helping others and is a strong advocate for women and children. Lali has coordinated and assisted many projects such as Youth and Gangs, Preventing Violence Against Women, Teachers Law Institutes, Workshops on Criminal, Civil and Family Law.

Tel: 604-760-5727
Email: Lali.Pawa@JusticeEducation.ca

Echo Bai

Echo Bai joined JES in November 2020 as Legal Navigator. Echo has trained as a supportive and resourceful professional in assisting immigrants in the Great Vancouver area for years. With work experience in Legal service and non-profit programs, Echo is passionate to become a "bridge" between culturally diverse groups and legal resources.

Lila Mansour

Lila started as a JES office volunteer at the Prince George Law Courts in February 2019 and officially joined the JES team as a legal educator in November 2019. She has strong ties to her Northern BC community and she was awarded the Prince George Youth of the Year Award in 2017. is incredibly passionate about increasing access to justice for underserved communities and she is planning to pursue a law degree in the fall of 2021.

About This Website

This website was developed by the Justice Education Society and made possible through funding from the Province of British Columbia, Law Foundation and the City of Vancouver.

CourtInformation.ca provides legal information – not legal advice. Only a lawyer can provide legal advice.

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